Refreshed after a one-day break in the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, buyers returned with a vengeance Sat., Sept. 17, as Book Three of the sale opened to strong numbers that continued the trend set over the auction’s first five sessions.
A total of 280 horses were sold Sept. 17, bringing a total of $20,613,500, which marked a whopping 24% rise from the corresponding session in 2010, when 284 lots brought $16,636,500. The average for the Saturday session registered $73,620, up 25.6% from $58,579 in 2010. The median for the day was $51,000.
For the first six sessions of the two-week sale, 1,033 yearlings have been sold for $165,830,000, up 4.5% from 2010’s $158,624,000. The cumulative average sits at $160,532, a 24% improvement from $129,489 a year ago. The median has also shown decisive improvement, rising 37.5% from $80,000 a year ago to $110,000.
The buyback rate over the sale’s first six sessions was 26.1%, a 10% decrease from a year ago.
Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables, through bloodstock agent John Moynihan, landed the session-topper Sept. 17, going to $425,000 for an Elusive Quality colt out of the Saint Ballado mare Pinafores Pride. The colt was consigned by Anderson Farms, agent for Rod Ferguson, and is a half brother to Southdale, a Street Cry colt who is a multiple graded stakes winner in Canada. The yearling colt’s third dam, stakes-placed Fleet Courage, was Canada’s broodmare of the year in 1998 and is the dam of stakes winners Iron Courage, Pinafore Park, and Dance For Lucy.
“We knew we had a nice colt, and he’s just done everything right from the beginning,” said David Anderson. “This has been a great horse sale. We had a lot of lookers. We couldn’t be more thrilled for the Fergusons. They’ve been in the game a long time and this is a real beauty.”
The top-priced filly for the Sept. 17 session was bought by trainer Bob Baffert for his longtime client Mike Pegram. Baffert went to $400,000 for a War Pass—Avenging Tomisue filly out of the Lane’s End, agent, consignment. The filly is a half-sister to stakes winning Striking Tomisue, and her third dam is Chimes of Freedom, an English champion and group I-winning mare who is the dam of grade I winners Aldebaran and Good Journey and grade III winner Seas of Showers. Baffert, on behalf of Pegram, also came home with a $300,000 Indian Charlie colt, consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, who is from the family of champion Althea.
Book Three continues Sun., Sept. 18, at 10 a.m., and the sale will run daily through Sept. 24.